Manika Batra cruised to the semifinals of the women’s singles even as experienced paddler Mouma Das ended her campaign of the Commonwealth Games on Thursday.
Manika, who played a stellar role in India’s historic gold in the women’s team event, notched up a win against Singapore’s Yihan Zhou 4-1. The Delhi paddler hardly broke a sweat in the first three games, winning 11-5, 11-6, 11-2.
She stumbled in the fourth game losing 6-11 but sealed the match with a 11-9 win in the fifth.
In the other women’s singles, Mouma was ousted by Yu Mengyu of Singapore 13-15, 7-11, 5-11, 11-7, 5-11.
Madhurika Patkar lost to England’s Kelly Sibley 9-11, 8-11 11-2, 3-11, 11-8, 6-11.
Sharath, Sathiyan and Harmeet in quarters
In the men’s singles draw, Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai and G Sathiyan sealed quarterfinal berths.
Sharath beat Australia’s Heming Hu 11-8, 12-10, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5 while Desai beat Malaysia’s Chee Feng Leong 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4. Sathiyan’s Nigerian opponent Segun Toriola retired after the first game 11-7.
In the men’s double’s Sharath and Sathiyan reached the quarter-finals as they outclassed the Sri Lankan pair of Buwaneka Jayasingha Mudiyanselage and Imesh Ranasingha 11-3, 11-4, 12-10.
The pair of Desai and Sanil Shetty also posted a comfortable win over Northern Ireland’s Paul McCreery and Ashley Robinson 11-4, 12-10, 11-9 to book a quarterfinal berth.
In the women’s double’s Mouma and Manika reached the semifinals with a 4-0 win over England. They beat Tin-Tin HO Maria Tsaptsinos 12-14, 11-3, 11-7, 11-6. Sutirtha Mukherjee and Pooja Sahasrabudhe also made it to the semi-finals. The two pairs are not facing each other, meaning India are assured a medal from this event for either of the two. A win in the semi-finals would set up an all-Indian final.